Mid-Continent Railway Museum, North Freedom

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Mid-Continent Railway Historical Society--also known as Mid-Continent Railway Museum--is an outdoor, living museum and operating railroad recreating the small town/short line way of life with operating trains, educational exhibits, and displays of restored rolling stock. Mid-Continent has operated at North Freedom, Wisconsin since 1963.


The Mid-Continent Railway Historical Society sees itself as a place where visitors can learn of a time when the railroad station was the social and communication center of every small town. People came to the station to meet folks who came from faraway places, or to journey to those places. The mail, packages, newspapers, and goods came by rail, or were shipped by rail. The railroad and its telegraph were the nucleus that tied a small community to every place in the entire country. Everyone depended on the railroad for transportation, information, and the shipment of goods and mail.


Our mission is to educate the public by recreating as accurately as possible the Golden Years of Railroads, from the Civil War days until after World War II, by operating a living railroad with vintage equipment from those times.

We will collect, preserve, restore, and operate artifacts from those times so as to inform the public about the development of railroading from wooden equipment to steel, and from steam power to internal combustion. We will give our visitors a firsthand experience on this equipment. We will do our best to accurately portray this Golden Age.


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  • The whole Museum has such a lovely laid back vibe and is great value. We enjoyed the train ride and the restored exhibits are impressive, but the highlight for us was wandering about the 'bone yard' o...  more »
  • My friend wanted to take this tour for her birthday. Overall the experience was very nice. The tables were done up very elegantly and the volunteers were wonderful. The wineries that were represented ...  more »
  • Mid-Continent Railway Museum was a lot of fun for my family. The staff was so friendly, the museum was free, and the kids loved looking at the old passenger trains before taking our own ride. I do recommend riding in the caboose. It adds opportunity for a different view, and we all enjoyed it. Chris was a favorite for us, he was willing to share his knowledge and answer questions, and had a great attitude. We only wished the ride was a little longer.
  • We had a great time at this little out of the way spot. The work and care being put into the restoration is amazing! Our engineer and train man and conductor were super friendly and knowledgeable. We had a beautiful day for a relaxing jaunt through the countryside! Thank you members of the museum, you're doing a wonderful job and service!

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